Welcome to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort’s 29th Annual Lighting of the Bay in Newport Beach, as we kick off the holiday season with the lighting of over 50 LED holiday trees and floats and an exclusive holiday performance by the Tijuana Dogs. Our free winter wonderland celebration features a full schedule of festivities on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 3-10 PM.

Families will enjoy live chorale and concert performances, cookie decorating, holiday crafts and train rides. Santa Claus will take center stage at dusk as he arrives by wave-runner and flips the magic switch to illuminate the bay. An outdoor “Movies on the Beach” screening of ELF will be featured as well.


Happy Holidays

Event Date: 
November 30, 2019

Key Event Times:
Gates Open: 3:00 PM
Lighting Ceremony: 5:30 PM
Tijuana Concert: 7:00 PM


Choir Performances & Festivities – 3:00 PM

Live Performances by OC Children’s Song Group, Newport Harbor, and Corona Del Mar High School Choirs. Train rides, cookie-decorating, holiday crafts, and holiday activities will begin at this time as well.

Lighting of the Bay – 5:00 PM

Gather at the shores for the countdown to the Lighting of the Bay featuring Santa Claus, who will flip the giant switch to illuminate the bay and arrive by wave-runner. Selfies with Santa will follow right after so pull out your phones!

Movies on the Beach Lighting of the Bay

Movies on the Beach – 6:00 PM

A special screening of Movies on the Beach will begin featuring ELF. Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets. Arrive early for best seating.

Tijuana Dogs – 7:00 PM

Step back in time and swim away with the essence of a man who continues to capture the hearts of millions. The Tijuana Dogs captivates multi-generational rock and dance fans across the globe, and will be making a rare appearance at the beautiful Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.


Our Annual Lighting of the Bay is a celebration for all. Unfortunately, parking is limited; therefore, we’d like to offer prepaid parking passes now for you to secure your spot and ease convenience for you and your family.

california sea lion swimming in back bay
california sea lion swimming in back bay

Holiday Tree Lot

Newport Dunes Tree Lot Opens November 25th. Get high quality, fresh trees from Oregon. These are some of the most beautiful trees available in Orange County.
Tree Lot Open Daily: 10am – 9pm